Dilettante vs Hobby - What's the difference?

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As a noun dilettante

is an amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.

As an adjective dilettante

is pertaining to or like a dilettante.

As a proper noun hobby is

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dilettante

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.
  • (sometimes, offensive) A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge.
  • Derived terms

    * dilettantish, dilettanteish * dilettantism, dilettanteism

    See also

    * amateur * dabbler

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to or like a dilettante.
  • References

    * ). * “ ?dilettante]” listed in the '' [2nd Ed.; 1989
    , rarely '
    -es .

    hobby

    English

    Etymology 1

    Shortened from (hobby-horse), from (etyl) hoby, hobyn, . The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of (Robert) or (Robin) (compare (dobbin)).

    Noun

    (wikipedia hobby) (hobbies)
  • An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
  • I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby .
  • (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the
  • Synonyms
    * (activity done for enjoyment in spare time ): avocation, pastime
    Derived terms
    * hobbyist

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) hobet, from , diminutive of (hobe).

    Noun

    (hobbies)
  • Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo .
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 323:
  • He hawked – from nearby Esher, Richard Fox sent a servant with a hobby , which Henry received enthusiastically – and hunted, sending a present of freshly slaughtered deer to Princess Mary.
    Derived terms
    * (African hobby), Falco cuvierii * (Australian hobby), Falco longipennis * (Eurasian hobby), Falco subbuteo * (Oriental hobby), Falco severus